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South wins with defense

Written by: on Friday, June 8th, 2012. Follow David Mika on Twitter.



WARMINSTER – The South’s defense led the way in a 13-6 win over the North in the 37th Annual Bucks County Lions Football Classic at William Tennent High School Thursday night.

The South team consisted of players from Bensalem, Conwell Egan, Pennsbury, Neshaminy, Council Rock North, Council Rock South, Bristol, Morrisville and Harry S. Truman.

The North team had players from William Tennent, Central Bucks East, Central Bucks West, Central Bucks South, Pennridge, Quakertown and Archbishop Wood.

The south drove six plays to setup the only score in the first half. Neshaminy’s Sean Ulmer had a one-yard run to put the South up 7-0.

Ulmer talked about playing with players from other teams he played against. “It was awkward at first. But we came together and really wanted to win the game.”

The score was setup by a nice pump fake by Pennsbury’s quarterback Bruce Campbell who hit Bensalem’s Dovanta Newkirk for a 35-yard completion down to the one.

The North pulled within one, when Justin Wieder went in from seven-yards out with 5:14 left in the third quarter. Wieder finished the game rushing for 72 yards on 11 carries.

Wieder talked about his college choice. “I am walking on at Kutztown as a safety,” said Wieder.

The South’s winning drive was led by Neshaminy’s quarterback Joe Bianchino. He hit Pennsbury’s Lee Hamacher for a 41-yard completion down to the 10.

The South scored three plays later when Bianchino threw a nice fade pass in the corner of the end zone to Nick Cocco of Council Rock South.  He hauled it in for the nine-yard score.

“Everyone was really pumped up on the sidelines after the score, ” said Ulmer.


Note: Quakertown’s Justin Wieder was named North’s MVP. Neshaminy’s Sean Ulmer was named South’s MVP.

The South’s defense was led by a pair Council Rock South players.  Ryan Hickey had a interception and Jake Presley had a couple of sacks.


South All-Stars
North All-Stars
2nd Quarter
S – Sean Ulmer 1-yard run 7:42
3rd Quarter
N – Justin Wieder 7-yard run 5:14
4th Quarter
S – Nick Cocco 9-yard pass from Joe Bianchino 6:34 




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